#RRBC MEMBER CHAT

RRBC, there’s a lot going on in the world right now, but we want to take some of the stress of those situations off your shoulders.  

We invite you here to our new MEMBER CHAT to connect with your RRBC friends and family.  This is the time to get to know one another better.  Talk about anything.  Let us know your struggles and your joys.  We welcome your highs and your lows.  

Always remember, your RRBC family is right here with you – always listening and ready to help in any way we can!

72 thoughts on “#RRBC MEMBER CHAT”

  1. Nonnie Jules – Thank you for the glorious 5* review for my new release Unhinged. I’ll have to check with my friend to see how Nick fared and maybe add an update…a reviewer on Amazon wondered the same thing.

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  2. With all the heartache and anger flowing through parts of America, I wanted to share some positive energy with you all. As an empath, I get overwhelmed sometimes with the strength of the energies around me. This YouTube channel has been a source of uplifting mojo for me. It’s called Some Good News (in case you don’t want to click on the link and would rather just look it up). There are 8 episodes and each one is uplifting. May you be safe. May you be kind. May you be loving. May you uplift others. Namaste, my fellow writers and friends! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug

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  3. I am having such a great time reading all of the RWISA pieces and discovered great blogs from our members. I’m so grateful to be teaching from home right now. It’s given me the opportunity to follow all these activities, include the Rave Waves and Zoom shows. I am so grateful for RRBC and RWISA and the many opportunities they provide. 🙂

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  4. Nonnie,
    Thank you for the helpful RRBC Menu/Home Page training you conducted today on Zoom. It was helpful to me (see, I’m using this area that I didn’t know existed!). Anyway, there’s so much on the site, that it takes a while to check everything out, but I feel I have a better grip on it now. Thanks again!! (Also, thanks for the Mother’s Day Card yesterday – so sweet and thoughtful. Hope your day was wonderful.)

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  5. Hello Nonnie. Thank you for the Trello training you provided this afternoon on Zoom. It was the first time using Zoom and the training cleared up a few things for me.; both were great experiences today. The training was beneficial and if any of you have questions regarding the Trello site then don’t miss the next training session on Friday, 4/24 at 6″00 PM. It’ll be well worth your time and also give you an opportunity to meet and greet other club members.

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      1. I agree! Trello is awesome! Not only is it a one-stop “shop” where I can keep track of everything, but it also helps Nonnie and her crew because we are helping make keeping track of everything easier. 🙂

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    1. You are so right about Trello, John. And, we can see the potential of using it to make private boards to help keep track of our book plotting and characters. I love it!

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  6. Hello all, I’ve misplaced the article from Nonnie regarding Micro Reads and needed to know the rules for this type of tome – especially the number of words allowed. I’ve read Jan and Nonnie’s micro reads which have given me some ideas of my own. I’d appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks and have a great weekend.

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  7. I’m proud of my 6-year membership badge with RRBC. Both RRBC and RWISA are part of my daily life. I feel truly blessed to have met so many awesome author friends from around the globe. It’s fun joining in with the RRBC events and activities. Honest reviews help authors grow. If you feel you need help with your writing, then reach out to RWISA University and learn from the amazing mentors, who generously donate their time and focus on your writing. Let’s all strive to make each story we write better than the one before. Take care & keep creating!

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  8. Recently, we were informed that a former member of our club has decided to become troublesome with Nonnie. I wrote this email to Nonnie, but I wanted to share it here as well since we are very much a family of authors. It saddens me that this person can take this organization, who has brought so many of us together in support and with love for one another, and try to depict is as a cult. Nonnie does not force anyone to be a part of RRBC. She does not control our lives or our business. She simply asks us to conduct ourselves as professional authors and she expects high quality from us. That is not a cult.

    I understand Nonnie taking the high road and not revealing the name(s) of these individual, but at some point, whether it be with a Monday Meet Up or some other way, I am sure she will need to let us all know who is no longer in the club so that we can make sure not to promote them with the RRBC or RWISA hashtag. We know that there are people out there who continue to use it even as they berate our club. I don’t want to promote anyone with our hashtags who doesn’t earn that privilege.

    Lastly, I just want to send Nonnie a big hug. I admire all she does for us, and I appreciate the dedication and the sacrifice she makes for RRBC and RWISA. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Yvette. As the club’s Membership Director I have been intimately involved in the revoking of the memberships of two of our long-standing members. The venom aimed at Nonnie and the club came from just one of these two. The other aided and abetted the other’s shenanigans and so both were in violation of the club’s Code of Conduct. Revoking a membership is rare here at RRBC but in these cases it was necessary.

      I totally agree with your assessments about the values of the club and about Nonnie herself. Once members realize who these ex-members are, they may be surprised and even disappointed. Some may choose to side with them and continue to support them in defiance of Nonnie. I’d like to publicly invite them to terminate their memberships and ‘clear out of Dodge.’ Just drop me a line at ravereviewsmembership@gmail.com, and I’ll be pleased to attend to the paperwork.

      As I inferred at the beginning of this response, I was the one who composed and sent the letters revoking these two memberships. The ringleader who has been levelling all of the venom at Nonnie and the club did not have the intestinal fortitude to reply to me. Yet, this person decided to carry on with venomous comments directed at Nonnie directly after his membership was revoked. I call that cowardice and even misogyny. He has been sending emails to some members telling his side of the story and defaming Nonnie and the club. Nonnie has never asked any of us to stop supporting ex-members, nor is she doing so in this case. That’s up to each of us to decide for ourselves. I would never have anything to do with a person who exhibits such despicable behaviour.

      Thanks, Yvette!

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      1. I agree, John. Nonnie has always said that we are happy to keep supporting ex-members so long as we don’t use our hashtags in the process. I do support several ex-members who left the club for their own reasons. Never have I been made to feel bad about doing so. I appreciate you sharing your experience with this situation. It helps to shed more light on what took place. 🙂

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      2. Hi, John! Thank you for your kind words and support, as well. “In defiance of Nonnie?” No one on our roster has to obey me – but, there are rules within this club that members must adhere to if they’d like to remain on the RRBC roster. Our rules aren’t hard to follow, but they do command decency, respect, and honesty. If anyone has a problem with those three, then they won’t fair well on the RRBC roster because we won’t bend in those areas.

        Anyone continuing to follow or associate with shady characters is a reflection upon them and has nothing at all to do with me or RRBC. (Take note of those who continue to associate with them.) As stated above, I only want decency, respectfulness, and honesty around me. There is a quote that I live by that says: “Don’t judge me by my friends, judge me by my enemies.” The ones that are “against” me – they are the opposite of me – they believe differently than I do – they behave differently than I do – they stoop to levels that you would never find me in – and lastly, decency, respect, and honesty repels them as does garlic with vampires and the holy cross to the devil.

        I usher this word of caution: Be careful who you choose to associate with. When they are running around talking RRBC down, ask yourself this question (as did one member who emailed me this morning about one of them seeking her out as they had never done before): “Why didn’t I hear all of this from you BEFORE you were removed from the roster?”

        Need I say more?

        Yes, but just this …

        “Tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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    2. Hi, Yvette! Thanks for your kind words and your support. It’s no surprise that when non-professionals have been someplace for so long, and then are no longer there for negative reasons they brought upon themselves, that they’d go around spreading all sorts of venom. This is not the first time we’ve experienced that. All of a sudden we’re a cult. Funny how we were given only glowing reviews when they were on our roster. This wasn’t the first time we’ve had this class of folk on our roster, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. I’m just sorry that those of you who were contacted while these folks were on their “please remain my friend” tour, that you had to be exposed to their childish nonsense.

      RRBC grows bigger and better every day. The more we get closer to our core of the “right” folks on our roster, the higher we’ll continue to soar.

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  9. Good morning, RRBC. So many of us are stuck at home, myself included. Where would I go, my favorite haunt (restaurant/bar) closed except for takeout. I had thought of upping sails and doing laps around Bermuda for a few weeks or month or two. Do it via left hand turns like an extended NASCAR race. “You were to remain at home,” they’d tell me. “But I am, I am,” I’d reply. I hope my coffee machine survives all this.

    The entertainment value of social media cannot be understated. I expect the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to each burst out of the four top sites and devour all the TP and Doritos in the world. It’s that good.

    So perhaps it’s a great time to reread The Stand and binge watch The Hunger Games. Good wins out in the end, doesn’t it. It will in time, here, too. For the darker mind there’s Nevil Shute’s “On The Beach”.

    Stay healthy, all.

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    1. I love The Hunger Games. Lol! I’ve been reading a lot of RRBC books for the past month. As for TV, the only shows I watch are when my son and I sit down for dinner and a show time (except for some HGTV during lunch). He’s 13 so everything has to be age appropriate. Right now, we are watching the Stranger Things series on Netflix. It is awesome! Or, as they would say, totally tubular! LOL! I’m loving the clothes and the props from the ’80s. I have to laugh because the show actually scares me almost every episode. It cracks my son up, but the writing and the scenes are just great. I am loving it. 🙂

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  10. Hi everyone, glad to hear so many of you are doing well. I am fine too. I have to go in to work everyday, which is a plus and minus. I’m not bored out of my mind at home, but it feels risky. I’m still writing at night (except for this moment, because I’m procrastinating on twitter, facebook and here). I know I’ve been missing from so much of RRBC the last little while, but I still think about all of you. All the best, Eric.

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  11. Stay strong, everybody! I’m fine, just totally underwater with teaching double duty this semester. So I had to convert to delivering two large courses online due to covid and I have almost 300 students. Not much free time this semester!

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    1. Thank you Guy! Wow, that’s a lot of students. I can see why you have no free time. I asked my grandson how much school work he had and I got oh, a couple of math problems and reading…I guess 6th grade is much different. Stay safe.

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    2. Wow, Guy! What a challenge. I know all the teachers AND parents are scrambling to finish out the school year online. I have small grandchildren and it is most certainly a challenge for them. Hang in there!

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    3. Wow! My 126 students are driving me crazy. I can’t imagine 300! We were told to set office hours so the kids can communicate with us, and I did, but their messages are nonstop. Lol! I actually just came back from driving for a few hours to deliver the workbooks to students who had left them in my room before school was pushed to distance learning. It got me out of the house, and it was nice to see some of my students (from a distance, of course). 🙂

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  12. Zoom is awesome! I was a complete newbie until today – first was a RWISA meeting, and then the Meet & Greet – what a great way to interact with each other. I hope to see and hear more of you next time.
    Peggy – thinking of dyeing my hair pink for Day 1 of lockdown, if so, I promise to live stream our next get together.

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    1. Hi, everyone! Nice to see your comments and that you are staying well! Hope to tune in to the zoom meeting on the 8th. Last time I tuned in but no one could hear me, due to my ineptness will all things electronic! I’ll try my laptop this time, maybe that will work. I enjoyed hearing you all, though! It will be strange celebrating Easter without the big family gathering we usually have, with eggs and chocolate bunnies for the kids. May all of you stay safe. Hang in there, it looks like this social distancing will last a good bit longer, but will save lives. Take care, all of you!

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    1. Hi, Yvette! I sure hated to miss out on the Meet and Greet today, but I have my granddaughters every afternoon from 2:30 to 7:30, at least until the COVID-19 ceases to wreak havoc on everyone. It sounds like it was a wonderful gathering!

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  13. Hello, my favorite extended family! Is it just me, or is anyone else noticing their internet slowing down since so many folks have been forced to stay home? Every computer in my office (and there are three) seem to be lagging – and this started last week. Maybe the providers can’t handle the volume that they are being faced with on the residential side of things?

    😦

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  14. Hi, RRBC_RWISA members – hope you are all staying healthy and weathering these strange times!! I’m in my 70’s and certainly never saw or experienced anything like this. We are fixed for food for a few weeks – hope you all are, too – and now just hang out at home or take our little dog, Ziggy, for walks. Our daughter and grandson live 30 minutes away, so we won’t see them for awhile. He is doing his schoolwork on line per our State’s directives. How are things at your houses and with your families? (P.S. We can all write more, or at least I keep telling myself that, and it would be interesting for our children/grandchildren in the future if we kept diaries of this time. I may start in on that but haven’t to date. ) Do stay safe, all of you. Sending greetings, blessings, and healing wishes!!

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    1. Hi, Maura Beth. I will be 69 this year and I too, have never experienced anything like this. I am leaving the house daily to care for my two granddaughters because mom and dad still have to work from home. I am being super careful and doing everything I can to keep myself and them safe! I love the idea of keeping a diary. We are living history, and not in an exciting or good way.

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      1. Jan, sorry, I just saw this. I still can’t seem to figure out how to find things on this website. I was checking out the Writers’ Conference and saw your note. I hope you stay safe and are very careful. These are stressful times, but the thought occurred to me, we writers should be keeping journals and recording our impressions (of course, am I doing this? Uh, no. Good thought, though…) Anyway, I hope you stay well and your family, too.

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        1. Hi, Maura Beth, the RRBC site is fairly easy to maneuver. Our menu has clearly listed tabs for anything you might be searching for. If you can’t find something on the main menu tab, then access the FOR MEMBERS ONLY tab, where there is a listing of all the forums that can be found there or try accessing the CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? tab, where you’ll find the same.

          Thanks!

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  15. At this moment I feel an uncertainty like I never felt before. I’m in the house feeling like I need to do something. We (Langston and I ) are blessed to have good health that we don’t take for granted.

    Please be safe, my RRBC family and stay inside because we are all in this together. And Nonnie please grab some rest and stay well.

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    1. I understand Shirley, there is a surreal feel to this. I’m hopeful this will pull us all together. They just shut our state down, although my husband will still work the rest of the family is in their homes. I think we will all find our own way to help each other.

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    2. Hi, Shirley. I think we are all feeling the uncertainty that you describe. I fear that our way of life will never return to what it was; that is if we survive this madness. And we are all in it together. I hope more and more people realize that and stop the selfish hoarding, leaving nothing for others.

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    3. Shirley, since this mess began, I feel as if I’m even getting less rest – yes, less than I was getting before and we know how little that was. My body is tired but my mind wants to just keep going. There’s this sense of gloom and dare I say DOOM around us and it is unsettling.

      I’m praying for the world, as we all should be doing.

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      1. Speaking of your mind and how much it wants to keep going, Nonnie, reminds me of Michael Jackson. He too had so much that he wanted to get out that his head actually hurt and he felt depressed. You belong to a rare breed.

        Also I know you are enjoying your birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  16. Jan, we’ve always had that great sense of community here at RRBC – always willing to jump in and help and always noticing when someone has gone silent on social media. That’s family. That’s our beautiful community of members!

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  17. Hello, fellow RRBC and RWISA friends! Praying you’re all healthy and weathering this crisis okay.

    I’m Patty Perrin, a once-upon-a-time army brat, now a happily married Mom and Gramma, and I write Teen/YA Scifi/Fantasy. Just checking in. We’re in our 70s and we are OKAY. TMI?

    We have family in Europe reporting they are under the same restrictive precautions we are in the USA. People step up during catastrophes, sharing selflessly, helping in any way they can. I’m deeply grateful to live in a country full of those people. I’ve had several friends offer to pick up necessities at the store for us. Too bad they can’t do much about the TP shortage.

    My sister was happy to get a pack of disposable wipes. My other sister mentioned she couldn’t find any washable wipes (thank you, Autocorrect). So the teasing began. We may all need washable wipes at this rate. She should design some and present it to Shark Tank. She’d be the next gazillionaire. She reminded me, that train has left the station. They’re called “washcloths.” Yes, but the microfiber ones can be marketed as the new, soft, washable Charmin.

    Keep your spirits up, my friends. This is just another season of life, and hopefully a short one. It will all work out if we refuse to panic. So relax and take each day as it comes. As a Christian, I’ve learned I can trust the Lord in any situation. This is a blip on the radar for Him. This, too, shall pass.

    Take the CDC precautions and stay healthy. If you’re having any problems, please let someone close to you know. We’re all in this together.

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